Founder & Director | Representative of the State of Baden-Württemberg in Maharashtra | Representative of the City of Karlsruhe in Pune | Head of Contact Office of University Federation SouthWest Germany (HfSW)

With more than 30 years in the field, Iris Becker is an expert on German-Indian collaboration ventures and founded Let’s bridge IT in 2000. After completion of a Master of Arts, she worked for 10 years on behalf of German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in projects of  international development cooperation in Asia and Africa. Moreover, she was eight years in the management director’s board of a software company, including three years in London.

She has developed a deep understanding of the diverse cultures of the world and India in particular.

Her skills and knowledge not only help her to successfully support and accompany German-Indian economic cooperation, she furthermore directs Cross Culture seminars in companies and is a regular guest lecturer at the Universities of Tübingen, Konstanz and KIT Karlsruhe. She is also a member of the board of studies at the prestigious Fergusson College in Pune/India.

Since 2010 she is Chapter Head of the German Indian Roundtable in Freiburg



Representative of Karlsruhe in Pune

Winnie Kulkarni is the woman of the first hour, since she has been working in the Marketing and Cooperation Office of the City of Karlsruhe since day one. She currently works as a Business Development Manager from Bristol / UK. She actively maintains contacts with organizations, associations and the press and ensures that all interesting news from Pune are regularly conveyed to our German contacts.

After studying English at the University of Pune and graduating with a „Bachelor of Arts“, she completed her“ MSc International Management“ with focus on „Business Analysis and Management“ at Loughborough University, School of Business and Economics, UK. She speaks both Marathi and Hindi, as well as fluent English and German.



Representative of Karlsruhe in Pune

Jyotsna Apte works as a business development manager in the marketing and cooperation office of the city of Karlsruhe. She sustainably extends our contacts and connects in Pune and keeps in touch with them about current events, workshops and delegation visits that take place in Pune.

Jyotsna holds a degree in Economics from the University of Mumbai and later she has done a Diploma in Management. She has  20+ years of professinal experience in the areas of Administration, Human Resource, Management and Customer Relationships. She speaks Marathi, Hindi and English fluently and has recently started learning German language.



Representative of Karlsruhe in Pune

Our latest Team- Member, Jana Simon, joined us in September this year. She studied Cultural Anthropology and South Asian Studies at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. Her focus area was India and its neighbouring states. Due to that she has even learned Hindi. Her 2 years stay in India has given her vibrant experiences of the country, culture and life. Within her volunteer work for the Federation of German Catholic Youth (BDKJ) Bamberg she held seminars to prepare new “Weltwärts” volunteers for their services in Tamil Nadu, India.
During her free time, she likes to go on hiking trips to discover new people. While living in India she learned to prepare Indian dishes and still enjoys preparing those. If she has some spare time, you’ll find her with a book in her hands.



Partner | Cooperation Office Baden-Württemberg

Ashish Pandit was born & brought up in Nagpur, India. After completing his schooling from a prestigious school in Nagpur, he went on to complete his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology VNIT (erstwhile VRCE), one of the top Engineering Institutes in India. He has completed his Masters in Engineering from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (UK) on a full fellowship offered by Association of Commonwealth Universities (UK).  

Ashish has a experience of over 24 years and he has been working in various multinational companies in India and abroad in executive management roles. After working in UK & Continental Europe for over 11 years, he is now settled in Pune, India. He brings in the unique blend of local knowledge about India and Maharashtra along with the deep understanding of European Work Culture. He is interested in the working of human mind and has also completed his Masters in Psychotherapy and Counseling.

He has keen interest & experience in building partnerships between organizations across the globe and strongly believes in building a beneficial ecosystem where everyone prospers.



Contact Office HfSW University Federation SouthWest Germany

Betty Samuel has recently joined our team. As representative of the University Federation SouthWest Germany (HfSW) she encourages Indian students who are interested to study in Germany and supports Institutional tie up’s between India and Germany. This contact office in Pune is an exciting opportunity for the group of Universities as it is their first overseas office which is specializing in recruiting quality students for southern Germany. Betty has more than 13 years of working experience which was specifically towards Singapore and Canada for Indian Students. Betty holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with Madras University (Tamil Nadu). During her project work there, she developed her passion to help students look for a career overseas when the industry was beginning to open up. This helped her to turn into a people’s person. She engages in devotional songs and yoga for her spiritual journey. She enjoys cooking, especially Italian, and travels twice a year to different countries for food festivals. Her favorites are Oktoberfest & Dumpling festival, India.